David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might -2 Samuel 6:14
So, who is the dancer in your family? My husband absolutely is. Hands down! The caterpillar wizard. Sprinkler. Pole digger. Fisherman. Yeah, he’s that guy. Me…. well, perhaps I got my moves from my older brother – we refer to these moves as the “hamster dance.” It’s a no-fail move that anyone can partake in. Hands in fists in front of your chest, slight gyration of hips and a grin as big as if you were a modern day Fred Astaire. Yup! We all have our moves, they’re not all easy on the eyes, but we have taken the time to master them, have we not?
It’s such a free feeling of “who cares” when you can get out on a dance floor at a wedding and just let loose. Why is that any easier than being in a club – just for the record, these days I would rather be parked on I35 with no air-conditioning than be in a club.
Okay, so wedding and the freedom of dancing like no one is watching. I think it may be different and more encouraging to get out on a dance floor when you are surrounded by people who love you rather than total strangers. You might think it would be the opposite, we would hope that people who love us aren’t sizing us up and critiquing our every move. Ouch. I have done it, I am pretty sure that we all have. It’s when a decision is made – an action – to stop doing it. It’s hard, right? To not look at others and think, well, I certainly wouldn’t do this or that, or they just don’t… blah blah blah. At some point it just sounds like we’re thinking or speaking a foreign language that we ourselves or anybody else cannot understand. It’s not beneficial, it doesn’t make sense and it certainly isn’t good for the other person or for us. Judgement effects all party’s involved. Outwardly, inwardly.
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. -Matthew 7:2 NIV
I seem to talk a lot about action, I suppose because talking or thinking doesn’t propel us forward. Doing absolutely does. Making a decision to do something is the birth of action.